"I AM TRUSTING THEE, LORD JESUS"
"Trust ye in the Lord for ever…" (Isa. 26.4)
INTRO.: A hymn which encourages us to trust in the Lord forever is "I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus" (#579 in Hymns for Worship Revised). The text was written in 1874 by Francis Ridley Havergal (1836-1879). The tune (Bullinger) was composed by Ethelbert William Bullinger, who was born at Canterbury, England, on Dec. 15, 1837, a direct descendent of the great Swiss reformer, Johann H. Bullinger, and was a choirboy at Canterbury Cathedral. Having been educated at King’s College in London, he became an Anglican minister. As a result of his great interest in music, he studied with John Pyke Hullah as well as with hymn tune composer and hymnbook publisher William Henry Monk, remembered most for his setting of Henry F. Lyte’s "Abide With Me."
Bullinger’s best known melody was dates to 1874 while he was minister at Walthamstow in Essex, and first appeared in Wesley’s Hymns and New Supplement, published at London in 1877, where it was used with "Jesu, Refuge of the Weary." However, today it is more commonly associated with Miss Havergal’s words, which were produced when she was visiting at Ormont in Dessous, Switzerland, and first published in her Poems. It is said to be her favorite of all her hymns, and a copy of it was found in her Bible after her death. Bullinger maintained a keen interest in church music throughout his life and composed several hymn tunes, although this is the only one still in common usage.
Also, Bullinger was known as an able Greek and Hebrew scholar, and in 1881 he was given an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the Archbishop of Canterbury in recognition of his achievements. In addition, he also authored several books, including The Companion Bible, Commentary on Revelation, The Giver and His Gifts (also known as Word Studies on the Holy Spirit), Great Cloud of Witnesses in Hebrews Eleven, Number in Scripture, and The Witness of the Stars. His Figures of Speech Used in the Bible is still considered a classic work in helping to interpret and elucidate the figures of speech used in the scriptures. He died at London, England, on June 6, 1913. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, the song, to my knowledge, is found only in Hymns for Worship Revised (not in the original).
The song mentions several specific items for which we trust in Jesus.
I. Stanza 1 tells us that we must trust in Jesus for salvation
"I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, Trusting only Thee;
Trusting in thee for full salvation, Great and free."
A. Jesus is the author of eternal salvation: Heb. 5.8-9
B. Because this salvation makes it possible for us to have forgiveness of sins, it is great: Heb. 2.3
C. Because it is by God’s grace and therefore we do not have to pay the price, it is a free gift: Rom. 5.15
II. Stanza 2 tells us that we must trust in Jesus for mercy
"I am trusting Thee for pardon; At Thy feet I bow,
In Thy grace and tender mercy Trusting now."
A. Because of the price paid for our salvation by His mercy, God offers pardon: Mic. 7.18
B. To receive this pardon, we must bow at His feet, representing acceptance of His as Lord and submission to His will: Phil. 2.10-11
C. Once we have received His pardon, we can continue to come before Him, trusting in His grace and mercy to help us in time of need: Heb. 4.14-16
III. Stanza 3 tells us that we must trust in Jesus for holiness
"I am trusting Thee for cleansing In the crimson flood;
Trusting Thee to make me holy By Thy blood."
A. Even after we have been pardoned, we still have to deal with the problem of sin and from time to time need cleansing: 1 Jn. 1.7-9
B. While we must strive to be holy as God is holy, we cannot make ourselves holy; only God can make us holy or sanctify us through His truth: Jn. 17.17
C. Therefore, in order to have the holiness that God desires, we must seek the cleansing that is available by redemption through the blood of Christ: 1 Pet. 1.16-19
IV. Stanza 4 tells us that we must trust in Jesus for guidance
"I am trusting Thee to guide me; Thou alone shalt lead,
Every day and hour supplying All my need."
A. We need guidance because the way of man is not in himself: Jer. 10.23
B. Jesus is pictured as the one who will lead His people to living fountains of water: Rev. 7.17
C. Therefore, through His our God shall supply all our need: Phil. 4.19
V. Stanza 5 tells us that we must trust Jesus for power
"I am trusting Thee for power: Thine can never fail;
Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me Must prevail."
A. God offers to do exceeingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us: Eph. 3.20
B. Because God is the eternal one, His power can never fail: Heb. 1.10-12
C. The powerto direct our lives in the right way so that we can prevail comes from the gospel of Christ: Rom. 1.16
VI. Stanza 6 tells us that we must trust in Jesus for help not to fall
"I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus: Never let me fall;
I am trusting Thee forever, All for all."
A. Trusting Jesus and being diligent to follow Him will enable us never to stumble or fall: 2 Pet. 1.8-10
B. However, we must continue trusting Him forever and be faithful until death: Rev. 2.10
C. If we do this, He will be our all in all: Col. 3.11
CONCL.: Over and over again, the Bible urges us to trust in God. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is in the Lord" (Jer. 17.7). Therefore, if it is my aim to please Him in this lfie and to have the hope of living with Him forever in heaven, I must constantly be saying to my Savior, "I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus."